A GE Great Britain Age-Group Team of over 450 athletes will race in New Zealand from 17 to 22 October 2012 as they look to continue triathlon’s memorable season at the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland.
The standard distance race will feature 239 British athletes who will embark on a one-lap 1,500m swim in Queens Wharf before completing a 40km bike course and final 10km run comprising of two 5km laps. The GE Great Britain Age-Group Team has three returning medallists from Beijing including Kim Shaw (55-59) and Michael Skivington (55-59) who both won bronze, and Kate Robson as the sole defending champion in the 30-34 category.
Team Manager for the standard distance event is British Triathlon Director for Age-Group Teams, Malcolm Westwood, who comments: “New Zealand is a long way from home, but we will once again have a strong GE Great Britain Age-Group Team racing. Each of the athletes have demonstrated their abilities through the qualification process and I hope they will replicate that form in what will be a very competitive race with big teams from both Australia and hosts New Zealand.”
In the sprint distance races, 216 athletes will be racing through a one-lap 750m sea swim, 20km bike and 5km run. As with the standard distance race, there are a small number of returning medallists from the 2011 ITU Age-Group Triathlon World Championships: Keith Mahon (50-54) and Joanna Lewis (55-59) who both won bronze.
Michael Griffin is the Team Manager for the sprint distance race and is also looking forward to getting the action underway: “The course in New Zealand looks fantastic and with a sea swim will provide a real challenge for our athletes. However, the GE Great Britain Age-group Team always deliver and this year I expect to see many medal-winning performances from our British triathletes.”
There is also a large GE Great Britain Age-Group Team comprising 216 athletes competing in the ITU Aquathlon World Championships on 17 October. Athletes will complete a 1km swim followed by a 5km run.
The elite senior events at the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland will be televised live on the BBC Red Button overnight and a packaged highlights programme will be shown on BBC2 on Sunday afternoon, 21 October.